Hi dog buddies,
Last weekend, Hum and GlennDad took me to the Red Lion pub in Iver for a Burn’s Night Supper. The Red Lion, Iver is a Chef & Brewer pub – a chain who seem to welcome dogs into a lot of their establishments.
Hum always celebrates Burn’s Night as her Dad was Scotsman who taught English in Ireland and he used to attend Burn’s Night Suppers and do the Address to the Haggis as he was the only Scot in the village ;-).
This is a very strange event to celebrate the life and poetry of the Scottish poet, Robbie Burn’s and takes place on his birthdate.
The menu is all Scottish foodstuff with the highlight being the Haggis which tends to be brought in by pipers and then the poem ‘Address to a Haggis’ is read before the host takes a ceremonial dagger called a Sgian Dubh and cuts the haggis open!
A lot of pomp and ceremony for a strange foodstuff!!!! I learnt that contrary to myth and legend, a Haggis is not a little round creature that runs around the highlands of Scotland (that I could hunt and chase); rather it is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach.
I decided to let Hum & GlennDad get on with that and stick to the treats they had brought for me 😉
Anyway, the Red Lion didn’t do all the ceremony stuff, probably as we were in the bar and not the restaurant (the bar is dog friendly), BUT Hum and GlennDad raved about the food.
There was a lot of Scottish fare on the menu and Hum rated it highly (she has had all these meals before many times). She had Cullen Skink (a fish soup); Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (swede and potatoes); Mussels and Cranachan (a Scottish pudding that she said was to die for and she is not pudding person!). GlennDad had Smoked Salmon & Scallops; the Haggis; Burger with haggis on top and Sticky Toffee Pud.
I didn’t get to share much as they were so enjoying it so much ☹ but I can tell you that the tastes I had (particularly the salmon) were yummy!!!
SO dog pals, I can highly recommend the Red Lion as a place to take your humans for a meal. We will certainly go back and try the main menu next time – will let you know how it is. Go and enjoy!